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Dr. Randall J. Webb, President 
Northwestern State University 

Dear Alumni: 

As the millennium nears a close, we at Northwestern are 
taking time to mark a significant anniversary for our 
institution. In 1999, the College of Nursing celebrates its 50th anniversary. North- 
western was the first public university in Louisiana to offer a baccalaureate pro- 
gram in nursing when the first class was admitted in 1949. 

Before the nursing program was formed, there was a strong need to combine 
several smaller programs run by hospitals in the region. Northwestern formed 
the program to help meet the needs of the region for trained nurses who could 
play a major role in health care delivery. Northwestern has met that need. If you 
have spent time in a doctor's office or hospital in Louisiana, there's a good chance 
that a Northwestern graduate helped care for you. 

The College of Nursing offers the associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees 
in nursing. The bachelor's degree program in radiologic technology is also housed 
in the college. 

NSU offers nursing classes in Shreveport, Leesville, Alexandria and 
Natchitoches. Through distance learning, classes can also be sent to hospitals in 
Ferriday, Bunkie and Winnfield. 

Our College of Nursing has always sought to meet the highest professional 
standards. The program has consistently received high marks from state and na- 
tional organizations that have evaluated it. Our faculty have always demanded 
the best from our students and have received it. 

Several events are planned throughout the year to commemorate this 50th 
anniversary. I hope you will join me in saluting the faculty, staff, and students 
who have made Northwestern's nursing program a model of 

Dr. Steve Horton, Director 
Alumni Affairs 

Fellow Northwestern Graduates and Friends: 

I once again thank all of you who supported our phone-a-thon in the late fall. 
We were able to raise nearly $15,000 for the Alumni Association and its many 
activities. I am pleased to know that you all think that much about what we are 
doing as a group. 

Over the past months we've seen several projects through completion, includ- 
ing the renovation/refurbishing project in the Alumni Center, the Annual Fund 
Drive, the student/alumni recruiting functions, and our chapter programs through- 
out the state. Now we begin to turn the page to bigger and better things. 

During the spring and summer the Alumni Association and the Office of Ad- 
missions and Recruiting will be hosting receptions in the homes of our alumni so 
that we can recognize the nearly 700 scholarship recipients for the 1999-2000 
school year. Very few universities have alumni who are willing to open their 
homes for such activities; needless to say we're excited to "show off our alumni to 
prospective students and parents. 

We also look forward to our Golden Jubilee celebration that will recognize 
the Class of 1949. You'll notice later in the magazine that we are looking for 
"lost" graduates from that class. If you can connect us to any of these missing 
people, or if you know a '49 graduate who has not received correspondence about 
the weekend, please call us as soon as possible. We look forward to another 
successful reunion. 

Thanks again for all of your notes, updates, and suggestions. Keep them coming! 

Alumni Columns 

Official Publication of Northwestern 

State University 

Natchitoches, Louisiana 

Organized in 1884 

A member of CASE 

Volume XI Number 1 Spring 1999 

The Alumni Columns (USPS 015480) is published 

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President Tommy Chester 

Arcadia, 1969 

Vice President Ginger Wiggins 

Jackson, 1987 

Secretary -Treasurer Steve Horton 

Natchitoches, 1988 

Executive Director. Steve Horton 

Natchitoches, 1988 


Tommy Chester Arcadia, 1969 

Glenn Talbert Shreveport, 1964 

Carroll Long Tyler, TX 1970 

Dale Bernard Lake Charles, 1972 

David Morgan Austin, TX 1973 

Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958 

Adrian Howard Arlington, TX 1989 

Leah Sherman Dallas, 1986 

John Ramsey. New Orleans, 1986 

Joe Cunningham, Jr. ...Natchitoches, 1984 

Jimmy Williams Baton Rouge, 1993 

Leonard Endris Shreveport, 1974,1975 

Raymond Arthur. Natchitoches, 1964 

Ginger Wiggins Jackson, MS, 1986 


Luke Dowden Negreet, LA 

SGA President 

The Alumni Columns is published in 
spring, summer, fall and winter. 



Dr Steve Horton 


David West 
Leigh Flynn 


Gary Hardamon 




Northwestern State University is accredited by the Commis- 
sion on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and 
Schools ( 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: 
Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award Associate, Bac- 
calaureate, Master's, Specialist and Doctorate degrees. 

It is the policy of Northwestern State University of Louisi- 
ana not to discriminate on the bases of race, color, religion, 
sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational pro- 
grams, activities or employment practices as required by Title 
VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Discrimi- 
nation in Employment Act of 1967, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, 
the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Executive Or- 
der 11246, Sections 503 and Section 504 of the Rehabilita- 
tion Act of 1973 and Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veter- 
ans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. 

M '^rom glass stethescopes to energized lahorato- 

m^ ries, the nursing program at Northwestern 
^L State University has made many changes 

since its inception in 1949, but one thing remains con- 
stant — the program's mission to protect the public 
and produce safe, knowledgeable practitioners. 

"It has always been a good program," said Dr. 
Norann Planchock, dean of the College of Nursing. 
"Right now, we're celebrating our successes during the 
last 50 years and are planning for even more in the 
next 50. " 

With many of its 7,000 alumni having made significant con- 
tributions to the health care profession, the College of Nursing 
is hoping to "reclaim" its alumni and work toward better com- 
munication and networking opportunities among its graduates. 
With receptions planned throughout the state, the implementa- 
tion of a newsletter and the launching of a website on the 
Internet, the College is hoping to get the word out about the 
programs at Northwestern and encourage potential students to 
enroll in Northwestern. 

Northwestern 's baccalaureate program in nursing was estab- 
lished in September 1949, making it the oldest state-supported 
nursing program in Louisiana. The implementation of the pro- 
gram followed a study by a national consultant which identified 
the need for a collegiate-based nursing program. 

In response to the study, five hospitals agreed to phase out 
their diploma programs in support of the bachelor of science in 
nursing program at Northwestern. Those hospitals which affili- 
ated with Northwestern for clinical experience were Highland 
Sanitarium, North Louisiana Sanitarium, Shreveport Charity 
Hospital and Tri-State Hospital, all of Shreveport; and E.A. 
Conway Memorial Hospital in Monroe. 

In 1950, Baptist Hospital in Alexandria joined the other hos- 
pitals in cooperation with the nursing program, followed by 
Baton Rouge General Hospital one year later, and Central Loui- 
siana State Hospital in Pineville in 1952. 

The demand for such a nursing program was obvious from 
the rapid increase in enrollment. Some 77 freshmen started the 
program in the fall of 1949. Enrollment in the program increased 
by almost 100 after just one semester, and by the following fall, 
it had reached 285. The Shreveport campus now claims enroll- 
ment averages of more than 1,000 upperclassmen. 
Northwestern 's Shreveport campus not only serves students in 
the nursing program but those seeking bachelor's degrees in 
radiologic technology. 

The program has seen some changes through the years. When 
the school of nursing began, students were given the option of 
exiting the program after three years with either a diploma or 
completing the four-year program for the baccalaureate degree. 
The diploma option was phased out in the late 1950s. It wasn't 
until 1972 that students could obtain an associate's degree in 
nursing. Implementation of the master's program also began in 
1972, with that program being accredited in 1979. 

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Although much has changed in the curriculum be- 
ing followed at Northwestern during the past 50 years, 
one thing has not changed — the program's mission to 
assist students in achieving their professional goals 
by becoming responsible and contributing members of 
their chosen profession and society. 

In Otis Crew's "History of Northwestern State Col- 
lege of Louisiana," Julie Tebo, former secretary and edu- 
cation supervisor of the Louisiana State Board of Nurse 
Examiners said Northwestern's nursing program of- 
fered just what the community needed. 

"I have watched the development of nursing pro- 
grams in Louisiana for over 25 years," Tebo said, "and 
Northwestern State College offers the type of program 
that will bring the greatest satisfaction to the worker 
and a needed service to the people." 

In the Educational Opportunities and Information 
issue of the October 1949 Northwestern State College 
Quarterly, a statement about the need for nursing was 
made that Planchock said still rings true today — 
"People are increasingly aware of the importance of 
health. This awareness has created an unprecedented 
demand for professional nurses who will participate in 
varied and unlimited opportunities in rendering com- 
munity health services. There is every reason to be- 
lieve that this demand will be lasting." 

That demand for nurses will not go away, Planchock 
said. On the contrary, a big problem facing the health 
care industry today is the need for more nurses. Cur- 
rently, more than 150 vacancies could be filled with 
qualified nurses in the Shreveport area, she said, but 
there is not enough interest in the field. That problem, 
combined with the "graying" of nursing faculty across 
the nation, will put a strain on the nursing profession 
as a whole. 

She said more nurses are participating in the RN to 
BSN programs, and more are becoming nurse practi- 
tioners rather than following the education track. "We 
are going to have a nationwide nursing shortage in two 
to three years," she said. "We need to get more stu- 
dents involved in the programs." 

Meanwhile, more nurses are participating in post- 
graduate work at Northwestern than the national av- 
erage, Planchock said. Graduate programs in nursing 
generally serve 100 students, while Northwestern's pro- 
gram has almost 150 participants. 

To better prepare students for additional opportuni- 
ties in nursing. Northwestern began to teach courses via 
Internet, a move which will allow those with associate's 
degrees to obtain their bachelor of science degrees. The 
vision of the College of Nursing, according to instructor 
Maxine Johnson, is to expand that outreach program to 
include graduate and other course offerings. 

Throughout the past 50 years, Northwestern's College 
of Nursing has continued to be a success story. All of its 
programs have maintained national accreditation since 
the initial accreditation review and currently hold Na- 
tional League for Nursing accreditation. The 
baccaulaureate and master's programs also hold provi- 
sional accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate 
Nursing Education. Graduates of Northwestern's under- 
graduate programs excel on the licensure exams, and 
the master's students continue their excellent perfor- 
mance on national certification examinations. 

Many of its 7,000 graduates have made remarkable 
contributions to health care within Louisiana and 
throughout the United States. Whether they run health 
care systems or collegiate nursing programs, Northwest- 
ern graduates are making an impact on the health care 
industry everyday, Planchock said. 

Through the years, though, many of Northwestern's 
nursing alumni have been "lost," Planchock said. Cur- 
rently, the College is working on updating its alumni list, 
searching for those who graduated from the program who 
have not kept administrators aware of their moves, both 
professionally and personally. Once a comprehensive 
alumni database is established, Planchock said plans for 
a nursing newsletter should commence. 

Also during this, the golden anniversary of the nurs- 
ing program, Planchock said the College of Nursing will 
host receptions in the areas of the state where the pro- 
gram began — Alexandria, Shreveport and Baton Rouge. 

Additional plans for the celebration include a mass 
reunion at Homecoming, which is slated for the week- 
end of Oct. 29-30. Planchock said all graduates of the 
program should attend the event, with individual classes 
planning different activities. 

"We're doing a lot of things we've never done before," 
Planchock said. "But we've got a good program here, and 
we want everyone to know about it." lijlll 

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Faculty Notes 

Northwestern's College of Nursing is finding new 
ways to improve the nursing profession. The 
university's RN to BSN program is one of the institution's 
most rapidly growing. The program is designed for 
nurses with associate degrees who want to earn a 
bachelor's degree. 

Four NSU faculty members recently studied students 
in the program to describe the typical student, deter- 
mine demographic data for the participants, gather data 
regarding barriers to program completion and learn 
about the perception of quality of the program. The sur- 
vey by faculty members Dr. Patricia Simmons, Billie 
Bitowski, Diane Webb and Carolyn Hartt, included just 
under one-third of the students in the program. 

According to the results of the survey, the typical RN 
returning to school was a 35-year old married Cauca- 
sian female graduate of an associate degree program 
who worked full-time as a staff nurse in an urban hos- 
pital. The mean length of time from graduation until 
enrollment in the RN to BSN curriculum was just un- 
der eight years. 

"Many nurses find that getting their BSN or MSN 
can help them advance their career," said Webb, the di- 
rector for non-traditional studies in nursing and an as- 
sistant professor of nursing. "The degree can help them 
get the job they want or open up other options such as 
teaching which requires a master's." 

Webb said the RN to BSN program provides more than 
skills needed on the job. 

"The students receive an introduction to nursing re- 
search and understand that research has a documented 
impact on patient care," said Webb. "They also become 
more aware of political issues that affect the profession. 
They also learn to become more assertive and take a 
leadership role." 

The research helped fill in a gap for faculty in nurs- 

"We found that there wasn't much in the literature 
about students in this situation," said Simmons, the di- 
rector of graduate studies and research in nursing and 
an associate professor. "We tried to describe what the 
non-traditional student was like and what they thought 
of the quality of the program." 

The researchers found the factors most often prevent- 
ing students from completing their degree had nothing 
to do with classroom activity. According to the survey, 
job and family responsibilities were most likely to inter- 
fere with a student's academic progress. 

"The two obstacles we could not control were rated 
highest, while class time and distance traveled to class 
were rated low," said Webb. 

According to Webb, nursing faculty received high rat- 
ings from students in the program. 

"Students had a number of comments on the adult 
learning environment. They were treated as peers and 
were respected as a colleague," said Webb. "Students 
place a high value on that respect." 

As a result of the research, Webb said more flexible 
scheduling and alternate teaching strategies should be 
considered to better meet the needs of non-traditional 

The faculty members hope to present the results of 
their study at upcoming professional conferences and in 
academic or professional journals. 

\jO^^ invites you to come home 


ieutenant Governor Kathleen 
Blanco has made recruitment 
of retirees to the state a top 
priority. West Central Louisiana 
supports this initiative with an 
aggressive program designed 
to invite and welcome poten- 
tial retirees to our region. 
Northwestern State Univer- 
sity, in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of 
Economic Development, is encouraging Northwestern 
alumni who are thinking about relocating or retiring to 
reacquaint themselves with this area as they research 
retirement or relocation possibilities. 

The six parishes are Natchitoches, Sabine, Vernon, 
Beauregard, Winn and DeSoto. A group of local folks 
who live in these parishes are available to talk with 
those interested. They are called PALS (People who Ap- 
preciate Louisiana). They will be delighted to be a con- 
tact and are prepared to give you first-hand knowledge 
of the advantages of returning to this beautiful part of 
the state. 

PALS is planning to invite interested parties to visit 
Natchitoches and the other participating parishes over 
the July 4th weekend. For further information call 
Dawn Hebert, coordinator for the project toll-free at 
(877) 536-7257. 



Job location assistance for 
stndents is successful 

Finding a job to help pay for college expenses has got- 
ten much easier for Northwestern State University 
students. In its first five months of operation, the 
university's Job Location and Development Office has 
helped more than 80 students find part-time work at 
area businesses. 

Twenty-six businesses have hired NSU students, who 
have earned more than $74,000 to help them get through 

"The service has been great for students," said Keleta 
Johnson of Natchitoches, who works at Bright Beginnings, 
a daycare center in Natchitoches. "They helped me put 
together a resume and helped me find the right job." 

Johnson, an early childhood education major, found a 
job which will help her prepare for her career. 

"I was able to find something related to my major, so I 
found a job that helped me while I was in school and can 
help me later," said Johnson. 

More than 300 students have applied for assistance 
through the Job Location and Development Office. Stu- 
dents begin the process by completing a registration form 
and setting up an initial appointment to identify needs 
and skills. They receive assistance in preparing resumes, 
interviewing skills, and they also participate in other 
workshops to help them in their job hunt. 

"So far the Job Location Office has been extremely 
successful and has surpassed the goals we have set for 
the entire year," said Job Location and Development 
Officer Ina Agnew "We do not guarantee employment, 
but we do offer opportunities for students to get their 
resumes in the hands of hiring organizations, so students' 
search efforts are multiplied." 

Agnew expects additional businesses to utilize the ser- 
vice which is available at no cost to employers or students. 
She plans to work with businesses in Shreveport, Alexan- 
dria and other commimities in central and northwest Loioi- 
siana to help them find students who can fill part-time 
positions. For more information, contact the Job Location 
and Development Office at (318) 357-5621. 1 

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f^ helley Colvin of Winnfield won the title of Miss 
^^Northwestern Lady of the Bracelet at the 40th 
annual pageant held Friday. The pageant is sponsored 
by NSU's Student Activities Board. Colvin received 
approximately $5,000 in scholarships and prizes for win- 
ning the title. She will represent NSU at the Miss Loui- 
siana Pageant to be held in Monroe in June. 

Colvin, a junior theatre major, won the swimsuit, 
talent and evening gown 
competition. She also won 
the People's Choice Award, 
voted on by the pageant 

Jamie Freeman of 
Plaquemine was first run- 
ner up, Rebecca Brettel of 
New Orleans was second 
runner up, followed by 
Amanda Duncan of 
Denham Springs and 
Christal Traylor of Hooks, 
Texas. Traylor was also se- 
lected Miss Congeniality. 

"It's pretty amazing to 
win the title. It hasn't sunk 
in for me. Maybe it will after 
I've been congratulated a few 
times," said Colvin. "I was 
surprised I did so well in the 
preliminaries because the 
others did so well." 

Colvin is the daughter of 
Jim and Debbie Colvin and 
is a graduate of Winnfield 
Senior High School. Colvin is 
a member of Phi Mu Frater- 
nity, Alpha Lambda Delta 
and Blue Key Honor Society. 
Colvin has been named to the 
President's List at North- 

"Participating in this pageant is so much fun. Back- 
stage we were saying it didn't matter who won because 
we enjoyed ourselves so much," said Colvin. "The Stu- 
dent Activities Board really keeps you involved in ac- 
tivities throughout the week." 

As Miss Northwestern Lady of the Bracelet, Colvin 
received a one year full scholarship from Northwestern's 
Office of Admissions and Recruiting, free textbooks from 
the University Bookstore, a meal plan provided by 
ARAMARK and $500 cash provided by the Student Ac- 
tivities Board. 

mong the many 
LOB alumnae at- 
tending the 40th Annual 
Lady of the Bracelet 
was Kahne Diapola 
Bandaries ('59), the first 
Lady of the Bracelet to 
be crowned. Bandaries 
and several former LOB 
queens spent the day on 
campus and attended 
the pageant. 




The newest art 
gallery at 

Northwestern is as 
big as the entire cam- 
pus. The university 
has constructed five 
pedestals to provide 
outdoor display 
space for student 
sculpture. Three 
works are on display 
outside the A. A. 
Fredericks Center 

for Creative and Performing Arts. Two more pedestals 
have been set up outside Roy Hall. 

"This is an excellent way for our students to display 
their work," said NSU Professor of Art Rivers Murphy. 
"People have to make a special effort to view work in a 
gallery. They have to make up their mind to go see some- 
thing. This way students can see a work as they walk 

Two of the sculptures on display are untitled works 
by graduate student Eva Williams. The third work is "Pe- 
gasus Transformed" by George Wolfe of Natchitoches, a 
retired art teacher who is taking classes at NSU. 

"The works blend well with the architecture. They add 
a great deal to the area," said Murphy. "The pieces are 
not up for a set time. We plan to rotate them as often as 
we can." 

Murphy says that art students have been energized 
by the new opportunity to display their work. 

"For them to have an opportunity to display their work 
in this way is a motivating thing," he said. "The stu- 
dents have done a lot of talking among themselves and 
several have set a goal of getting a work on display out- 

Murphy thanked NSU President Dr Randall J. Webb, 
Director of the Physical Plant Loran Lindsey, Facilities 
Coordinator W.K. Norman and John Whitehead of the 
NSU Carpenter's Shop for their assistance in construct- 
ing the pedestals. 

President's Council Notes 

During the summer of 1993 the 
President's Covincil of Northwest- 
ern State University was established. It is 
composed of alumni, faculty, staff and 
other friends of the university who share 
a common goal of imiproving Northwest- 
ern and helping Northwestern meet the 
needs of its students. 

People in education, business, industry 
and the professions make up the Council, 
which acts as an advisory panel to Dr. 
Randy Webb and assists in the raising of 
outside funding. 

Membership is based on an annual 
unrestricted gift of $1,000 or more per 
year to the operational fund of the NSU 
Foundation. This commitment is above 
and beyond donations to other university 
programs such as the Alumni Association, 
Athletic Association, etc. The Council 
meets at least once a year on campus with 
smaller meeting sat various geographic 

This special giving club is now accept- 
ing nominations and members for 1999. 
The tax deductible membership contribu- 
tion can be made by check, VISA, or 
MasterCard and may also be made in 
quarterly installments. Checks should be 
made payable to the NSU Foundation. 

Active membership in the President's 
Council is important to Northwestern. It 
sends a message to the administration 
and other members of the faculty, staff 
and students, that people care about the 
future of Northwestern. Please give 
careful consideration to joining this elite 
group of Northwestern supporters. 

The annual Scholarship Auction sponsored by the 
Northwestern Athletic Association will be held Saturday, 
Aug. 28 in Prather Coliseum. For more information, contact 
the Athletic Association at (318) 357-5251. 

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■^ orthwestern has received the largest private 
I ^^ donation in its history, a gift of approximately 
$600,000 from the estate of Miss Alice E. Dear of Alexan- 
dria. The gift will provide scholarships for students in the 
Mrs. H.D. Dear, Sr. and Alice E. Dear Department of Cre- 
ative and Performing Arts. Piano and violin students will 
be the initial beneficiaries. 

The Department was named in honor of the Dears in 
1994 when Alice E. Dear originally agreed to make the 
gift to Northwestern. Miss Dear died last year. 

"Alice Dear and her mother have enabled the music 
program at Northwestern to move to a higher level," said 
Northwestern President Dr. Randall J. Webb. "Faculty 
members and students for years to come will benefit fi-om 
their kindness and generosity." 

Webb noted that neither of the Dears attended North- 

"But they had a very special relationship with people 
associated vdth our music program and with one of our 
alumni, Karl Moore," said Webb. "They recognized North- 
western offers a first-class music program, and that this 
institution has played a prominent role in educating stu- 
dents in Louisiana and beyond. I hope alumni and other 
friends of Northwestern will join us at the University in 
cherishing the memories of these thoughtful ladies." 

Bill Brent, head of the Mrs. H.D. Dear, Sr. and Alice 
E. Dear Department of Creative and Performing Arts, 
said the gift will help NSU as it recruits students. 

"It wall make it possible for us to attract some of the 
finest string and keyboard musicians in Louisiana and 
the region," said Brent. "We will be able to provide a 
great deal of scholarship assistance to those deserving 
students. I look forward to getting out on the road and 
finding those top students." 

The Dear family hved in Vernon and Rapides parishes. 
They came to Vernon Parish v^dth the Gulf Lumber Co. 
and settled in Fullerton. Alice Dear was a graduate of 
Leesville High School. Mrs. Dear, a Georgia native, was 
a prominent music teacher for many years. 

Mrs. Dear was a graduate of the Meridian Conserva- 
tory of Music and studied at the Cincinnati Conservatory 
of Music. Her students won niunerous statewide piano 
competitions, often against more experienced students. 

Over a number of years, Mrs. Dear was closely associ- 
ated with Northwestern. She established a series of con- 

certs beginning in the 1960s. The concert series, which 
ran until 1977, was held at Alexandria's Convention Hall 
and featured Mrs. Dear's students and the Natchitoches 
- Northwestern Symphony Orchestra. The concerts show- 
cased some of Mrs. Dear's top students, each of whom 
performed a full concerto with the orchestra. Mrs. Dear 
also provided scholarships for many Northwestern stu- 
dents prior to these concerts. 

"Alice Dear and her mother were dedicated to music," 
said Moore, who was a neighbor of the Dears. "They had 
a bond with Northwestern. They loved Northwestern. 
The Dears put a lot of emphasis on education and showed 
that with this gift." 

In 1976, Northwestern President Dr. Arnold Kilpatrick 
awarded Mrs. Dear the NSU Service Award at the an- 
nual Christmas Gala. The Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. Memorial 
Scholarship was established in the Department of Cre- 
ative and Performing Arts in 1987. 

Miss Alice E. Dear was a teacher in Rapides Parish 
for 35 years. She taught subjects including English 
and music to several generations of Rapides Parish 

Physics s^ufien^s receiue research award 

A team of Northwestern State physics students has 
secured $1,803 in funding through the 1998-99 
Sigma Pi Sigma Undergraduate Research Awards. The 
awards are presented annually through the Society of 
Physics Students, an organization of the American In- 
stitute of Physics. Students fi'om Northwestern have been 
named award recipients for four consecutive years. 

The money vidll be used to purchase a Celestron PixCel 
238 charged-coupled device camera to be mounted on the 
University's 14-inch reflecting telescope. 

In the proposal, the students said the CCD camera 
would allow them and other undergraduates to conduct 
"relevant astronomical research, particiilarly with regard 
to variable stars and cluster field identification." 

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The students who wrote the proposal, Kenneth 
Homann of Houston, Lacey Sepulvado of Noble and Jeri 
Thiels of Jena, said the CCD camera would be used in 
conjunction with the telescope to "study previously 
unexamined variable stars, track their period of pulsa- 
tion to determine their distance from the earth and plot 
their light curves." 

The three students are members of Northwestern's 
Society of Physics Students. The organization's faculty 
advisor is Dr. Gary White, coordinator of the Depart- 
ment of Chemistry and Physics. 

In the award letter, Bo Hammer, acting manager of 
education for the American Institute for Physics said 
the committee was "very impressed" with the students' 

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.^^■phe Department of Social Work has been created 
^^ within the College of Liberal Arts. The formation 
of the new department has been approved by the Board 
of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System 
and the State Board of Regents. The social work pro- 
gram was previously part of the Department of Social 

The new department will include six faculty and more 
than 250 social work majors. 

"This department was created in response to the prac- 
tical need to better serve students," said Claudia Triche, 
acting head of the Department of Social Work and an 
associate professor of social work at NSU. "Having a 
department will make it easier for them to take care of 
scheduling and other needs." 

The social work program had departmental status 
until 1983 when it was consolidated with the Depart- 
ment of History to form the Department of History, So- 
cial Sciences and Social Work. That department was later 
renamed the Department of Social Sciences. 

Formation of the department was also suggested by a 
consultant who examined the program in preparation 
for its upcoming reaccreditation. 

"Accrediting agencies want the program to be free- 
standing so there is assurance that the needs of the pro- 
gram are being attended to," said Triche. 

Northwestern's program was accepted for membership 
in the national Council on Social Work Education in 1970 
and was granted full accreditation in 1977. The program 
has been one of the most rapidly growing at NSU, qua- 
drupling its enrollment over the past 12 years. 

Continued accreditation assures the quality of the 
program and also provides its graduates with advanced 
standing in master's programs, allowing them to earn a 
graduate degree up to one year sooner. 


nSU Cnrollmenl 


Enrollment for the 
spring semester at 
Northwestern in- 
creased as 8,299 stu- 
dents signed up for 
classes, according to 
Registrar Lillie Frazier 
Bell. Enrollment last 
spring was 8,280 stu- 

"We feel good about 
our student enrollment 
for the spring semes- 
ter," said NSU Presi- 
dent Dr. Randall J. 
Webb. "Our enrollment 
was close to our fall fig- 
ures even after consid- 
ering that approxi- 
mately 600 students 
graduated in December." 

A total of 5,568 students were enrolled on the 
Natchitoches campus. Enrollment at branch campuses 
in Alexandria, Leesville, Shreveport and other sites was 
2,731 students. 

Total undergraduate enrollment was 7,262, while 
graduate enrollment was 1,037. 

Webb said that steps taken by the University to tighten 
financial aid requirements and ensure that students are 
progressing toward a degree are having a positive impact. 

"The faculty and staff at Northwestern will continue 
to work to attract bright, capable students," he said. "Our 
enrollment figures are a reflection of the quality aca- 
demic programs and top flight faculty and staff." 

Webb pointed out that 84 percent of eligible academic 
programs at NSU are nationally accredited. Those eli- 
gible programs that are not accredited are seeking to 
gain accreditation within two years. 

Northwestern has also worked with its students to 
make technology more available as approximately $2 
million in student technology fees has or will be spent 
on student computer labs and other technological en- 
hancements. The University has also refurbished cer- 
tain residence halls to create a better living/learning en- 

"Over the past 2 1/2 years, serving the students more 
effectively has been a top priority," said Webb. "I believe 
the students understand we are working on their behalf 
That has enabled us to attract students and do a better 
job of retaining current students." 

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[7^ he College of Business at 
c^ Northwestern State Univer- 
sity wants to hear from its 
alumni. The college is updating 
its database of those who majored 
in business at NSU. 

Business alumni are asked to 
contact Diane Mitchell during 
regular business hours at (318) 
357-5161 and provide a current 
address and phone number. Infor- 
mation can also be sent to: Col- 
lege of Business, Russell Hall, 
Northwestern State University, 
Natchitoches, LA 71497 or by 
e-mail to 

The database will be used to assist in the formation of 
the College of Business Alumni Association. Members 
will receive a periodic newsletter, invitations to various 
events and other benefits. Ill 


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The Demon Battalion at NSU has 
begun a search for its alumni. 
The Department of Military Science is 
updating its database of those who 
were members of the Demon Battalion. 
Alumni of the group are asked to call the department 
at (318) 357-5156 or (800) 217-6045 and provide a cur- 
rent address and telephone number. Information, includ- 
ing the year of graduation and the number of years spent 
in the battalion should be included. That information 
can also be sent to the Department of Military Science, 
Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA 71497 
or by e-mail at 

The database will be used to better organize the 
department's alumni organization. The department is 
in the process of developing a newsletter for battalion 
alumni which will include information on current bat- 
talion activities and upcoming alumni events. lUI 


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Normal Notes 

Research ship named for 
Normal alumnus 

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 
ship which conducts scientific surveys on marine life 
in the Gulf of Mexico has been named for a graduate of 
Louisiana State Normal College. 

The "Relentless" was renamed the "USS Gordon 
Gunter" during an official commissioning ceremony at 
the National Marine Fisheries Service in Pascagoula, 
Miss., last fall. Gunter, a 1929 graduate of the Normal 
College, now known as Northwestern State University, 
was director of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory from 
1955 to 1971. 

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, Senate 
Majority Leader Trent Lott said Gunter was nominated 
as the ship's namesake because of his contributions to 
the science of marine fisheries. 

"His impact has not been surpassed by any other in- 
dividual," Lott said. 

U.S. Commerce Secretary William M. Dailey said 
Gunter has "dedicated his life to the study and teaching 
of marine science in the Gulf region. His pioneering work 
... has set the standard for continuing research." 

The Gunter is the second largest fisheries research 
ship in the United States. It is 224 feet with a beam of 
43 feet and raft of 15 feet. The vessel began its career as 
a Navy ship designed to pull acoustic cable in search of 

It now conducts surveys and collects data on the health 
and abundance of fishery resources in the Gulf of Mexico, 
Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. 

Under Gunter's administration, the Gulf Coast Re- 
search Laboratory began to grow rapidly in the 1960s 
with the expansion of senior research personnel, sup- 
port staff and the construction of six new buildings. 

In 1961, he latmched the Gulf Research Reports, which 
is a Gulf of Mexico scientific journal. He published 200 
scientific papers, notes and 53 popular articles as well 
as reviews and other publications on biological and con- 
servation subjects. His scientific articles are cited in 79 
scientific books. 

Gunter earned his bachelor's degree from Louisiana 
State Normal College and obtained his master's and doc- 
torate degrees from the University of Texas. He died in 
December 1998. JllJi 

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j] t was a time of meeting new friends at the Rendez- 
Uvous, of staking claim on six inches of Fieldhouse floor 
space for dances and learning how to sing the Alma Mater 
off key and without the words. 

Members of the Class of 1949 at Northwestern State 
College will have the opportunity to reflect on those and 
other memories when they are honored on their Golden 

The Golden Jubilee celebration is being held in con- 
junction with Northwestern State University's 115th 
commencement exercises on May 7. 

Members of the Golden Jubilee class will enjoy lunch 
at Just Friends in the Natchitoches National Landmark 
District, a bus tour of the city and campus and a president's 
reception honoring the classes of 1949 and 1999. 

At 6 p.m., members of the Class of '49 will again make 
that commencement walk to receive their 50-year diplomas. 

On Saturday, members of the Class of '49 will be in- 
ducted into the "50-Plus Club," as part of the group's 
annual luncheon. The luncheon will be held in Vic's in 
the Friedman Student Union 

Northwestern State University's Alumni Association 
is looking to update the addresses for several mem- 
bers of the Class of 1949. Any alumnus who knows how 
to get in touch with these people should contact the 
Alumni Center at (318) 357-4414 or (888) 799-6486 with 
the information. 

June Ducournau 
Clyde Guilott 
Lucille Hanks 
Jeanne Harley 
Alice Harreck 
Carolyn Hawkins 
Adele Jackson 
John L. McConnell 
Kenneth G Moti 
Jeanetta Rachal 
Eva Loyce Stubblefield 
Malcolm E Thomas 
Sara Louise Woodlin 
Eldridge A Bradford 
Myrtle Marie Brannon 
Hazel Camille Breithaupt 
Frances Mary Bringhurst 
Jack Milton Butler 
Frank Dennis Cantrell Jr. 
Phalamae Cromwell 
Joe Cunningham 
Billie June Daum 
Elizabeth Davis 
Julius A, DeBroeck 
Betty Louise Droddy 
Howard F Finley Jr. 
Roben Gryder 
Elizabeth Anne Hawkins 
Willie OQuinn Houston 
Betty Jo Jackson 
Milton E Kizer 
Roy J Kunce 
Jeanetle LaFleur 
James C McCalister 
Hollis Glen McKinney 
Odessa M McNaughton 
Mamie Elizabeth Melton 
Rachael Cynthia Mouser 
John Claybern Propes 
Carl F Quainlance 

Billy G Quinn 
Malcolm Peyton Russell 
Jack S. Ryland 
Laura Jean Smith 
Raymond Franklin Smith 
Neil Taylor 
John D. Thompson 
William Tyler Welch 
Gladys Hammett Ballard 
Johnnie M Bankens Jr 
Lester Francille Bass 
Claudia Brown 
Gladys French Drane 
Olive Shelton Eagles 
Mary Christian Elkins 
Anibal Garcia 
lona Garlman 
Aline M. Hankins 
John Page Harrington Jr. 
Dois Glynn Harvey 
Gene Hill McConnell 
Bobbie J. Shamburger 
Billy Roy Snead 
Charles E Villemarette 
James J. Weeks 
James Whitfield Williamson 
Inez Pruitt Willis 
Alma Newman Zwick 
Annie Virginia Allen 
William Thomas Barber 
Johnnie Mae Campbell 
Mary Catherine Clark 
Tom Louis Ellen 
Quentin D. Erickson 
Cullen G Glass 
Alvin Ray Head 
Herbert I. Honeycutt 
Thomas Ingram 
Ray C Mayo 

Billie Sue Orr 

Finley Ponthieux 

Rosa Lee Rhodes 

Carl B Salsbury 

Bernard Shadoin 

Hazel Janice Simpson 

Harold Stewart 

James W Tangney 

Julius C. Tarver 

Earle Landrum Temple 

Virginia Ruth Thomas 

Billie Frances Blazier 

Jimmy C Bradshaw 

Wilma Aline Craig 

Sara Gale Fisher 

Emma Kathenne Hawkins 

Billie Jo Johnson 

M. Mane Smith 

Alice Virginia Trammel 

Martha Anne Pixley 

Mildred Ruth Wells 

Harold Ray Carpenter 

Oliver Chris Caver Jr 

Richard C. Duggan 

Reggie A Hebert 

Samuel Sledge Holladay 

Ester Lewis 

William Hood McLeod 

John Robert Mitchell 

Milton R. Orendorff 

Efrain Perez-Perez 

Miriam E Sorbet 

June Kathenne Wallace 

Wyatt J. Westbrook 

Mildred Nelson Wilson 

Emily Virginia Dupree 

James Vernon Jordan 

Marjone Rachal 

Mrs Sammy A Wallace Dyson 

Philip R. White 

Though it's nearly six months away, 
plans are being made for Northwestem's 
Homecoming '99. 

The weekend of events is set for Oct. 29-30 
and will culminate with Northwestem's 
Demon footbaU team taking on Southwest 
Texas State University on Saturday, Oct. 30. 

More information on the weekend 
events will be announced in the Summer 
and Fall issues of the Columns. 

'orth western State University's Office of Alumni 
Affairs and the Office of Greek Life are encour- 
aging all Greek alumni to mark the weekend of Sept. 
17-18 on their calendars. 

The second annual All-Greek reunion has been set for 
that weekend, which marks the opening weekend of 
Northwestern home football games and a good time for 
Greek alumni to return to the university and partici- 
pate in a variety of activities. 

While the fraternities and sororities plan different 
activities for their alumni throughout the weekend, 
Northwestem's Office of Alumni Affairs and the Office 
of Greek Life also plan events such as the tailgate party 
prior to the football game against Tarlton State. 

Organizers said last year's All-Greek event was a suc- 
cess, and this year's event will include few changes. 

More specific activities will be planned as the week- 
end approaches. ^11 

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The 17th annual Chris Roper Memorial Golf Tour- 
nament, sponsored by the Northwestern State 
University Office of Alumni Affairs and the Department 
of Health and Human Performance, was held Saturday, 
April 24 at the Robert W. Wilson Recreation Complex in 

Roper died in a traffic accident over the Christmas 
hohdays in 1982. A native of Camden, Ark., Roper was 
a senior at Northwestern and the top golfer on the 1981 
Demon squad. He was a member of the Trans-Ameri- 
can All Conference team, placing ninth in the league 

Tournament proceeds will be used for scholarships in 
Health and Human Performance. 

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The profession of nursing is a 24-hour, seven day a week job and Mary 
Catherine Googe wants to make sure the nurses under her direction have 
what they need to provide the best possible care. 

Googe is the senior vice president for patient services at Wilhs-Knighton Health 
Systems in Shreveport. She earned a master of science in nursing from NSU in 

Googe has held her current position for two years. She has worked at Willis- 
Knighton for 20 years as surgical patient care coordinator, director of nursing 
and chief nursing officer. Before that, Googe was a staff nurse at Schumpert 
Medical Center for 10 years and a home health nursing supervisor for Upjohn 
Health Care Services. 

"My mother and grandmother were both nurses. They were the biggest in- 
fluence on me," said Googe. "My grandmother was taught by a doctor. My mother 
was a trained nurse. I spent a lot of time watching them." 

After earning her bachelor's in nursing, Googe decided to attend graduate 
school at NSU. 

"After a time, it became obvious to me that I needed more education," said 
Googe. "I saw that change was occurring and I needed additional training to be 
able to do my job better. 

"Northwestern provided the program I needed. It was a very prestigious 
program that was well known. The master's program was perfect for me be- 
cause of the level of clinical involvement." 

Googe worked closely with faculty members Pat Moxley, Marie Allen, Arlene 
Airhart and Claudette Verichio while in graduate school. She said that two 
decades ago when she was in graduate school, few nurses sought advanced 

"The faculty interacted a great deal with the students. They helped you work 
through problems," said Googe. "They were always there to work with you and 
help you learn to think outside of the box. The faculty wanted you to learn to 
solve problems in new and better ways." 

Googe oversees the nursing and other departments at two Willis-Knighton 
hospitals in Shreveport and another in Bossier City. A third Willis-Knighton 
hospital will soon open in south Shreveport. 

"Very few people go into nursing with the objective of being in administra- 
tion," she said. "You begin as a staff nurse and begin to want to try new ideas. 
I thought I could have more influence over patient care by going into manage- 

In her job, Googe regularly works with professionals in the laboratories, 
radiology, social services and other areas of the hospital. 

"I try to make sure that we get the best individual care for patients," said 
Googe. "That means the right people with the best training, resources and tech- 
nology are brought together. Today, things are so complex that nurses cannot 
do everything." "31 

'25 Marie Toups is a retired school princi- 
pal living in Lockport. 

'29 Helen Cain Lee is the president of Cain- 
Lee ( insurance/loans/real estate) in DeRidder. She 
has one child and two granddaughters. 

'32 Irene Lawton Sibley taught school for 
12 years in Caddo Parish. She is the owner- 
manager of a cotton farm in Shreveport. 

'34 Guthrie Pierson Jr. is an attorney 
(semiretired) with the law firm of Milling, Benson 
Woodward. He and his wife live in New Orleans. 
They have six children. 

'43 Etoile Richey is a self-employed piano 
tuner She lives in Shreveport and has three 

'49 .'knita Zeagler Fleming lives in San 
Antonio, IVxas. 

'49 Chester O'Quin Jr married Mary Jo 
Gautreaux O'Quin ("49). They Hve in Alexandria. 
Chester is a retired senior auditor 

'49 Margie Moore Rike retired from Citgo 
Petroleum after 32 years. Prior to that she taught 
for four years at Sulphur High. She and her hus- 
band still live in Sulphur. They have two chil- 
dren and two grandchildren. 

'49 Odell Moore married Mary McLeod 
Moore ('48). They live in Atlanta, Texas and have 
three children and four grandchildren. Odell re- 
tired from United Energy Resources as an em- 
ployee relations representative. 

'53 Winnie Dowden Wyatt lives in Grape- 
vine, Texas. She and her husband have four sons. 

'56 Harry Moore is retired and lives in 
Shreveport. He married Betty Smith Moore ('56). 
They have two children. 

'57 Fannie Garb Hall is retired. She and 
her husband live in Mandeville. They have three 

'57 Willard Booty was a principal for 30 
years and is now a timber buyer-consultant for 
Forest Tech in Hornbeck. He and his wife live in 
DeQuincy. They have two children and two 

'58 Anna Golmon Miller is retired and 
lives in Greensburg. She has two children. 

'58 Perry Winn married Christelle Walus 
Winn (NSU employee). They have two children. 

'59 Patsy Bradford Bates married Wayne 
Bates ('59). They live in Jena and have four chil- 
dren. Patsy is a retired teacher and Wayne is 
owner/agent ofWayne Bates State Farm Insurance. 

'59 Pauline Dupree Zaunbrecher is the 
director of community education for Southwest 
Ambulatory Behavioral Services. She and her 
husband live in Crowley. They have four children. 

'59 Ray Sawyer married Dolores Young 
Sawyer ('60). Ray is president and Dolores is 
senior vice president of Budget Host Interna- 
tional. They live in Arlington, Texas, and have 
two children. 

'60 Pat Roshto Wallace retired from the 
Baton Rouge Mental Health Clinic as a psychi- 
atric staff nurse. She and her husband live in 
Baton Rouge. They have one daughter and one 

'60 N. Paul "Toddy" Vincent and Ted Rob- 
erts ('60) attended the Louisiana GOP Conven- 
tion in Baton Rouge. Ted was there as a member 
of the Shreveport delegation and Paul was sim- 
ply a spectator enjoying the debate. 

'61 Billy Cone received a master's degree 
from NSU in 1971. He is a retired U.S. Army 
colonel. He and his wife live in McCormick, S.C. 
They have two children. 

'61 Jerry Lasiter Hampton is a clinical co- 
ordinator/PACU at Baylor Medical Center Irving. 
She lives in Piano, Texas, and has four children. 

'65 Crawford Williams retired after 31 
years of teaching. He now works for Lewis Fu- 
neral Home in Magnolia, Ark. He lives in 
Haynesville and has four children. 

'65 Edgar Bryan III married Barbara 
Martin Bryan ('65). They work for Wyoming 
Southern Baptist Convention in Casper, Wyo. 
Edgar is director of Associational Missions with 
North American Missions Board, SBC, and Bar- 
bara is the North American Mission Board Mis- 
sionary, SBC. They live in Kemmerer and have 
two children. 

'65 Patricia "Patsy" Gaspard Hicks is a 
speech pathologist for Humble Independent School 
District and is also a part-time linguistics instruc- 
tor for Region IV Education Service Center She 
lives in Kingwood, Texas, and has three children. 

'66 Judge Nikki Towry DeShazo of the 
Dallas County Probate Court recently took office 
as president of the National College of Probate 
Judges in Dallas, Texas. She and her husband 
have three children. 

'68 John Brown received a master's degree 
from NSU in 1971. He married AHce Young 
Brown ('66). They have two children. John is 
dean of workforce development for Houston Com- 
munity College System in Houston, Texas. 

'68 Joseph Cosumano Jr. received a 
master's degree from NSU in 1970. He is a ma- 
jor general in the U.S. Army stationed at the Pen- 
tagon in Washington, D.C. He and his wife live 
in Fort Belvoir, Va., and have two children. 

'69 Dorothy Troudt was promoted to the 
rank of sergeant by the Caddo Parish sheriff. In 
her new assignment she will be a shift supervi- 
sor at the Caddo Correctional Center. 

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Patricia Thompson vividly remembers the advice she once received about 
being a teacher. That advice has shaped the way she prepares her students. 

Thompson, a 1970 graduate of NSU in nursing, is the associate dean for 
baccalaureate education and department chair of nursing education at the 
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Nursing. She is also the 
incoming president of Sigma Theta Tau International, a nursing honor society. 

"I remember something Clara Gates once said to me when I thanked her for 
all she had done for me," said Thompson. "She told me from her perspective, the 
goal of a teacher was to help their students grow, then go out and be better than 
you are." 

Thompson has been at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Col- 
lege of Nursing since 1992. She was a member of the nursing faculty at NSU 
from 1981 until 1992 and was a faculty member at TCU from 1971 until 1981. 
While on North western's faculty, she worked as a part-time staff nurse in pedi- 
atrics at Schumpert Medical Center in Shreveport. 

At NSU, she was involved in a prenatal care program at the Sunbeam-Oster 
plant in Coushatta which was featured on ABC World News Tonight and in 
national magazines including Business Week, Fortune and Newsweek. 

"I don't know what initially got me interested in nursing. I just knew that I 
wanted to work with and take care of people," said Thompson. "Seeing all the 
nursing faculty that Northwestern had gave me a number of role models to 
follow. Clara Gates encouraged me to get my master's, and then I figured I 
should go ahead and get my doctorate." 

Aside from Gates, Thompson said she was also influenced by faculty mem- 
bers Beth Hayes, Sara Hearn and Ann Oberle. 

Thompson became involved with Sigma Theta Tau while in graduate school 
at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She became more involved with 
the organization over the next 25 years. 

"I was impressed by Sigma Theta Tau's emphasis on scholarship and leader- 
ship," said Thompson. "After getting more involved, I set a goal of becoming 
president of the organization." 

With the help of chapters at Northwestern and the University of Arkansas 
for Medical Sciences College of Nursing, Thompson was named president elect 
in 1997. She will take over as president this year and serve for two years. 

"I have been able to accomplish this with help from my friends and colleagues," 
said Thompson. "I have achieved a great deal of personal and professional growth 
by having the opportunity to be involved with a number of exciting, dynamic 

While serving as president, Thompson hopes to help nurses learn how to 
better educate the public about their role in health care dehvery. MI 

70 Lester Dalme married Pamela Kurz 
Dalme (72). They live in Hattiesburg, Miss., and 
have two children and one grandchild. Lester is presi- 
dent and CEO of Chahta Enterprise in Philadelphia. 

70 Richard "Dick" Concilia is principal of 
Bossier Achievement Center He and his wife live 
in Bossier City. They have two children-one at- 
tends NSU. 

71 Mary Broussard York Viator is a 
teacher at Coteau Elementary in New Iberia. She 
lives in Youngsville and has four children. 

7 1 Sherry Strickland Stewart is a science 
teacher at Richland High School in North 
Richland Hills, Texas. She and her husband live 
in Southlake. They have two children. 

71 Tommy Bailey is married and lives in 
Houston, Texas. He is a loss control consultant 
with Royal and Sunalliance. 

72 Charles Boudreau received a master's 
degree from NSU in 1986. He retired from the 
Caddo School Board after 25 years and is 
currently the elementary physical education di- 
rector at Elysian Fields Elementary in Elysian 
Fields, Texas. He and his wife live in Shreve- 
port. They have three children. 

72 Judy Wester lives in Natchitoches. She 
is district manager of Natchitoches Adult Proba- 
tion and Parole. 

73 Kirby Campbell is director of internal 
audit at Northeast Louisiana University in Mon- 
roe. He and his wife have one child. 

74 Gloria Martin Hewlett is retired from 
the Mesquite ISD. She and her husband live in 
Dallas, Texas. They have two children. 

75 Michael Allain received a master's de- 
gree from NSU in 1976. He is the western area 
director of sales for Graphic Controls Corpora- 
tion of Buffalo, N.Y. He and his wife live in 
Kenner They have one child. 

'76 Ronald Kern is married and lives in 
Ponchatoula. He is a district manager for Calgon 
Corporation in Baton Rouge. 

'77 Mary Ackel Odom received a master's 
degree from NSU in 1980. She married John 
Wayne Odom ('71). They live in Natchitoches. 
Mary is a coordinator of financial aid and client 
services at NSU. 

'78 David Greer is an assistant legislative 
auditor and director of performance audit for the 
Louisiana Legislative Auditor in Baton Rouge. 
He and his wife live in Denham Springs. They 
have four children. 

'79 Michael Mana was recently married. 
He and his wife live in Macon, Ga. Michael is a 
quality manager/MBB for GE Capital. 

'80 Bobbie Myrick Hataway lives in Dry 
Prong. She teachers for the Louisiana Depart- 
ment of Education in Baton Rouge. 

'82 David La Vere is married. He is an 
associate professor of history at the University 
of North Carolina at Wilmington. He recently 
had two books published: "Life Among the Texas 
Indians" and "The Caddo Chiefdoms." 

'82 Eric Barkley married Shannon Liddle 
Barkley (attended NSU). They live in Little Rock, 
Ark., and have two children. Eric is director of 
community and governmental affairs for ARKLA 
Gas Company, a division of Houston Industries. 

'83 Kathy Corley Williamson is married 
and lives in Shreveport. She is production coor- 
dinator for Boeing-Military Aircraft and Missile 
Systems Division. 

'83 W Peyton Cunningham III is a dentist 
practicing in Shreveport. He specializes in pros- 
thodontics. He and his wife have two children. 

'84 James Kevin Bartholomew was pro- 
moted to vice president of Ben E. Keith Beers. 
He will be responsible for the daily sales and op- 
eration of the eight Ben E. Keith beer branches. 
He and his wife live in Fort Worth, Texas, and 
have two children. 

'84 Mary Unger Youngblood married 
David Youngblood ('91). Mary is a staff nurse at 
the Natchitoches Parish Hospital and David is a 
weekend nursing supervisor in Many. They have 
two children. 

'84 Michael Boyd is the Chicago district 
service manager for Square D Co. in 
Bloomingdale, 111. He and his wife live in St. 
Charles and have six children. 

'84 Susan Goodwin Ware is an assistant 
professor at Louisiana Tech University School of 
Nursing in Ruston. Susan is married and has 
four children. They live in Monroe. 

'85 Amanda Jones Bomm received a 
master's degree from NSU in 1997. She is a spe- 
cial education teacher for the Natchitoches Parish 
School Board. She and her husband live in 
Coushatta. They have two children. 

'85 Bradford Bates received a master's 
degree from NSU in 1988. He is a music teacher 
for the LaSalle Parish School System in Jena. 

'86 Christi Moore received a master's de- 
gree from NSU in 1988. She is director of high 
school relations at USL in Lafayette. 

'86 Rita Ravare is a human resources spe- 
cialist/counselor with the Department of Justice/ 
DEA in San Francisco, Calif She lives in Hayward. 

'87 Leslie Gregory Gruesbeck received a 
master's degree from NSU in 1994. She married 
Steven Gruesbeck ('97). They live in Hattiesburg, 
Miss. Leslie is marketing director/gallery cura- 
tor for Albert & Associates Architects. 

'87 Reginald Horton received a master's 
degree from NSU in 1990. He married Gloria 
Coutee Horton ('96). Reginald is a readjustment 
counselor for the U.S. Department of Veterans 
Affairs in Shreveport. He and his wife live in 

'88 Carole Smith Rankin is married. She 
is the secretary for Community Bible Church in 
Baton Rouge. 

'88 Kay Terry is an associate professor of 
education at Western Kentucky University. She 
lives in Bowling Green, Ky., and has six children. 

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'88 Michele Lavergne Elter is married and 
has two children. She is a dentist in Carencro. 

'89 Troy Murray married Rhonda Arthur 
Murray ('90). Troy is a quahty environmental 
safety supervisor for Hood Industries and Rhonda 
is a certified pharmacy technician for Bates Phar- 
macy. They live in Coushatta and have one child. 

'90 Victoria Manziano Villemarette is an 
administrative service representative for Norwest 
Financial in Alexandria. She and her husband 
have one child. 

'9 1 Amy Gill is director of membership and 
marketing for Girl Scouts Susitna Council in 
Anchorage, Alaska. 

'91 Greg Ashlock is director of sports sales 
at Xtra Sports 1150-Los Angeles in Burbank, 
Calif He is married and has four children. They 
live in Valencia. 

'91 Lisa Williams Kelley is married and 
has one child. She is regional transitional coor- 
dinator for the Department of Health and Hospi- 
tals in Monroe. 

'91 Mary Edith Whitehead Stacy married 
James Stacy ('90). They live in Natchitoches. 
Mary received a master's degree from NSU in 
1996. She is director of auxiliary services at NSU. 

'91 Ronald Wright Jr received a master's 
degree from NSU in 1996. He married Susan 
Porter Wright (attended '90-'91). They have one 
child. Ronald is director of the Office of Informa- 
tion Technology at LSTI-Eunice. 

'91 Steve Lewis received an alternative 
teaching certificate from NSU in 1994. He is a 
school guidance counselor at J.S. Clark Middle 
School in Shreveport and lives in Lisbon. 

'92 Candace Lanoue Metz is a first grade 
teacher at Slaughter Elementary. She and her 
husband live in Jackson. They have two children. 

'92 David Clark is married and has one 
child. He is an attorney with the law firm of 
Scofield, Gerard, Veron, Singletary and 
Pohorelsky in Lake Charles. 

'92 Evan Taylor is an electronic media art 
director with JWT Specialized Communications 
in Dallas, Texas. 

'92 Gwen Normand Cobb of Alexandria is 
married and has one child. She is director of so- 
cial service at LSUMC, Huey P. Long Hospital, 
in Pineville. 

'92 Kelle Wilson is a hearing impaired 
teacher for the Lafayette Parish School Board. 

'92 Kirk Long is married and lives in 
Youngsville. He is an administrator at Park Place 
Surgery Center in Lafayette. 

'92 Lisa Beaird Shoalmire married Charles 
Shoalmire Jr ('93). They have one child. Lisa is a 
staff attorney for Texas Court of Appeals and Charles 
is a RN in the radiology department at Wadley Re- 
gional Medical Center in Texarkana, Texas. 

'92 Scott Venus is a healthcare represen- 
tative for Chamberlin-Edmonds & Associates in 
Atlanta, Ga. He lives in Doraville. 

'92 Wanda Nelms Bourque married 
Damon Bourque ('92). They live in Glenmora. 
Wanda is an accountant for Certified Computer 
Consultants in Alexandria and Damon is a qual- 
ity assurance manager with Baker Manufactur- 
ing Co. in Pineville. 

'93 Anabel Perez Pereda lives in Hurlburt 
Field, Fla. 

93 Bruce Burback teachers at Walnut Hill 
ElemiMtary/Middle School in Shreveport. 

'93 Jennifer Moreau Flagg received a 
master's degree from NSU in 1995. She teach- 
ers first grade at Creswell Elementary School in 
Shreveport. She and her husband live in Bossier 
City. They have one child. 

'93 Paul Sklar is a CPA with Johnson, 
Thomas & Cunningham in Natchitoches. 

'93 Karen Hershey Boehm is an educa- 
tion director at Literacy Council of Tyler- Youth 
Division at the Castle. She lives in Tyler, Texas, 
with her husband and one child. 

'93 Karen Rivers Tanner lives in Noble. 
She and her husband have two children. Karen 
is assistant director for DeSoto Regional Home 
Health in Mansfield. 

'93 Lisa Bowman is retail market man- 
ager of CenturyTel in Columbus, Miss. She lives 
in Starkville. 

'93 Rebecca Davis Saunders married Ja- 
son Saunders ('95). Rebecca is senior customer 
account representative for Bridgestone/Firestone 
and Jason is a crisis/assessment counselor with 
Mental Health Cooperative in Nashville, Tenn. 
They live in Mt. Juliet. 

'93 Yolanda Craig Laroux is a special edu- 
cation teacher at Zwolle Intermediate School. 
She is married and has three children. 

'94 Anna Sepulvado Fletcher is a fitness 
aide for San Juan Wellness Center in 
Farmington, N.M. She and her husband live in 

'94 Felicia Lawson is a teacher for the 
Natchitoches Parish School Board. She lives in 

'94 Kimberly Harris is a physical educa- 
tion teacher at Wedgewood Elementary in Ba- 
ton Rouge. 

'94 Laurie Coco is a senior accountant 
with United Agents Holdings in Baton Rouge. 

'94 Mark Lipa is a loan officer at City 
Bank and Trust Company. He and his wife live 
in Natchitoches. 

'94 Michael Guthrie is a school nurse for 
the Caddo Parish Schools in Shreveport. He and 
his wife live in Vivian. They have five children. 

'94 Rachel Hancock Rose married David 
Rose ('94). They live in Winnsboro, Texas, and 
have one child. Rachel is a full time housewife. 

'94 Thomas Fett married Mamye Cannon 
Fett ('95). They have eight children and live in 
Breaux Bridge. Thomas is the director of opera- 
tions at Med-South L.L.C. in Baton Rouge. 

'94 Wendy Hicks is a dental assistant for 
Dr. Larry Brunson in The Woodlands, Texas. She 
lives in Kingwood. 

'95 Bonnye Busbice is a customer service 
representative for Jackson County Bank. She 
and her husband live in Seymour, Ind. 

'95 David Jones married Brandi Pickett 
Jones ('96). He is a tax administrator for the 
Tax Agency in Coushatta. 

'95 Debi Cost is the director of business 
development at Engineering Fire Investigation 
in Houston, Texas. 

'95 Gail Adkins is an attorney for the 23rd 
Judicial District Court in Gonzales. She and her 
husband live in Baton Rouge. They have three 

'95 Heather Evans Overdyke is a RN at 
Palmetto Richland Memorial Children's Hospi- 
tal. She is married and fives in Columbia, S.C. 

'95 James Guillory is married and lives in 
Deville. He and his wife have one child. James 
is a traffic management specialist with Louisi- 
ana Army National Guard at Camp Beauregard 
in Pineville. 

'95 Last summer Jerry Mullins worked as 
a stand-in and photo double on Tom Clancey's new 
television movie, Netforce; he was also an extra 
on Showtime's new series, called Line's; and he 
performed a staged play reading for the Blue 
Ridge Theatre Festival in Harrisonburg, Va. 
Jerry attends graduate school and lives in Rich- 
mond, Va. 

'95 Kathy Green Mathews is a RN at 
Rapides Medical Center in Alexandria. She and 
her husband live in Pineville. They have one 

'95 Leah Wilson lives in Pensacola, Fla. 
where she is a physical therapist at the Baptist 
Regional Hospital. 

'95 Lynn Abernathy Avret is a forecast 
analyst with Dresser Industries. She lives in 
Pineville with her husband and two children. 

'95 Shannon Youngblood Cox is a RN at 
Willis-Knighton Home Health in Shreveport. She 
is married and has one child. 

'95 Shauniki Brailey Williams is a social 
services family advocate for Spanish Speaking 
Unity Council in Oakland, Calif She married 
Toriano Williams (attended '93-'94). They five in 
Richmond and have one child. 

'96 Brandon Gosserand is married and 
lives in Ventress. He is in charge of the plant 
operations at Nanya Plastics in Batchelor 

'96 Cassondra Savoy is a marketing copy- 
writer for Grand Casino Coushatta in Kinder 
She and her husband live in Iowa. 

'96 Cheryl Blalock will be married in April 
of 1999. She is a materials management system 
coordinator at Jacobs Engineering Group in Ba- 
ton Rouge. 

'96 Chris Knighten Wiley is a RN at 
Schumpert Medical Center in Shreveport. She 
is married and lives in Keithville. 

'96 Christie Bradford is a sixth grade read- 
ing teacher at LaMarque Middle School in 
LaMarque, Texas. 

'96 Collette Green Brown married Steven 
Brown ('94). They have one child. Collette is a RN 
at Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport. 

'96 Da'shaun Howard Baker is a graphic 
artist with the Alexandria Daily Town Talk. She 
and her husband live in Pineville. 

'96 Dawn Vallery is a client service repre- 
sentative for Management Insights. She lives in 
Dallas, Texas. 

'96 Kathryn Clark Wimmert is a counse- 
lor at LSU-Alexandria. She has two children. 

'96 Melissa Mabou Foshee married Tho- 
mas Foshee III ('95). Melissa is a medical repre- 
sentative for Muro Pharmaceutical in Baton 
Rouge. Thomas is a biological engineer with Ecol- 
ogy and Environment of Baton Rouge. They live 
in Denham Springs. 

'96 Nikole Neuner lives in New Orleans 
and is currently attending UNO. 

'96 Patricia Teague is an account execu- 
tive vrith Cincinnati Enquirer. She lives in Cin- 
cinnati, Ohio. 

'96 Thomas Worsham FV is associate pas- 
tor and minister of students at Salem Baptist 
Church in Stonewall. 

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'97 Denise Webster Ellison works for the 
Department of Defense Dependent Schools in 
Germany. She teaches first grade at Ramstein 
AFB. She and her husband live in Kaiserslautem, 

'97 Diana Martinez Rivers has two chil- 
dren and lives in Lafayette. She is a staff nurse 
at Lafayette General Medical Center 

'97 Heather Dillon is pursuing a master's 
of social work at UTA in Arlington, Texas. 

'97 James Crotty married Leah Manning 
Grotty ('97). James is a mortgage banker for Cen- 
tral Pacific Mortgage and an assistant coach for 
California State Men's Golf Leah is a graduate 
student at California State University. They live 
in Bakersfield. 

'97 1st Lt. Jennifer Merrell lives in Au- 
gusta, Ga. She is a military intelligence officer 
with the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Gordon. 

'97 JoAnna Descant Milholen is married 
and lives in Shreveport. She is a RN for Webster 
Parish Health Unit in Minden. 

'97 Karen Johnson Rabalais married 
Andre Rabalais ('98). JCaren is a social studies 
teacher at Southside Jr High School in Denham 
Springs and Andre is employed with Bank One. 
They live in Baton Rouge. 

'97 Kathryn Boyd Merritt is married. She 
is a RN in ICU at Doctors Hospital in Shreve- 

'97 Lisa Cockerham-Bailey is a graduate 
student at Louisiana Tech University. She and 
her husband live in Shreveport. 

'97 Stephanie Stanton VanGossen is a RN 
at Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport. 
She is married and has two boys. 

'97 Tiffanie Cain is an eighth grade 
teacher at Zwolle Intermediate School. She lives 
in Many and has one child. 

'98 Teri Evans is a computer programmer/ 
analyst for Electronic Data Systems in Austin, 

In Memory 

'28 Ms. Beatrice Williams, Lake Charles. 

'29 Dr Gordon P. Gunter, Ocean Springs, 
Miss., December 19, 1998. 

'32 Mrs. Don F. Guyton, Houston, Texas, 
October 11, 1998. 

'39 James "Jack" Flores, Bastrop, Decem- 
ber 10, 1998. 

'39 Oliver E. Ballard, Franklinton, July 10, 

'40 Corinne Duffy, Baton Rouge, June 23, 

'41 Tessie Schexnaidre Dufour, Alexan- 
dria, September 21, 1998. 

'53 Thomas J. Latham, Ferriday, August 
10, 1998. 

'59 NormanTerry,Bullard, Texas, Septem- 
ber 21, 1998. 

'66 Alton L. Townsend Jr., Natchitoches. 

'75 Frankie Muffoletto, Lindale, Texas, 
December 1998. 

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